La’Porsha Renae Inks ‘Motown’ Deal – JetMag.com

La’Porsha Renae, American Idol’s runner-up, just won big!

Source: La’Porsha Renae Inks ‘Motown’ Deal – JetMag.com

I am so ecstatic for her! She deserves this record deal. Although I didn’t follow that last season of American Idol closely, the times I did hear her sing…Man…I was blown away. She literally gave me chills. Just like Fantasia does. I’m not comparing La’Porsha to her, I’m just saying…they can blow!

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Xyla Turner’s Upcoming Release “Under Further Review”

rw19Xyla Turner’s new novel, Under Further Review, will be making it’s debut on April 15, 2016. Take a look at what the book is about as well as the excerpt. Looks like a very interesting read to me!

Blurb:

Under Further Review is a contemporary, standalone, sports romance.
Shane Sinclair, a professional football player who does not like, entertain or talk to reporters, even when he is mandated to appear for the press conferences. Shane has his reasons for his stance, which strengthens when a reporter blurts out that his father had passed, and he was not informed yet. The only reporter that gave their condolences was one of the lone female sports reporter, Diamond Reeves. Although, Shane kept his stance about the story-hungry reporters, Ms. Reeves wiggled her way through his defenses and Shane finds that he needs to maneuver past hers so that their odd friendship can go to the next level. Shane’s ex-fiancé does not take the break up easily and sets out to cause havoc for the new couple and herself.

Excerpt:

The regular season had started and Shane was back to his normal routine. He looked good, felt good and was playing good all pre-season. The new running back, that was there to replace him, was able to get some play time as well, which did not hinder any of Shane’s statistics. He found that when he was rested up, he could exert more energy. The press room was buzzing and lately asking more “Shane” questions to Matthew. To the point when Matthew said to him, “I wish you would stop being Switzerland. Can you at least talk to them in Morse code?”

Shane erupted in laughter at Matt’s comments, but finally responded with, “Man, I just can’t do it. I thought about it long and hard, but I just can’t. They are like vultures.”

Matt looked at him and said, “I think you didn’t take heed to my warning early on and got burnt, yet never got over it.” He patted Shane on the chest and said, “Some things you got to let go.”

Matt and Shane did not really have the heart to heart conversations, but he respected the guy as a leader and veteran of the sport. He also understood what he meant, to the point where he actually thought about how to rectify his hate-hate relationship with the media.

After their first home game, Shane, Matt and Raymond, the new running back, were at the center table on stage. They all immediately started asking questions, so Matt, being the leader he was, calls on one reporter who had a question for Raymond. Shane spotted the lady reporter that rebuffed him at the bar, he bent over to Matt and said, “Call on the lady reporter in the red shirt.”

Matt looks at him and gives him a knowing smile. Shane shook his head and waved him off. When Raymond finished answering, Matt pointed to the lady and said, “You in the red.”

Her hand was raised, but not in a way that looked like she wanted to be called on. Shane briefly thought, maybe she was right about not being good at the job. When Matt called on her, she looked surprised and caught off guard. She quickly recovered and announced, “Hi, um. I’m Diamond Reeves from WUSA. My question is, what do you guys do for fun besides these awesome press conferences?”

People laughed and even Shane smiled at her wit. He made a note that he liked that. When the room died down, Raymond answered first with, “I sail. It relieves stress for me.”

Matt said, “I hang out with my wife and kids.”

Nobody seemed to think Shane would answer, so when he slid the mic from in front of Matthew, the whole room seemed to turn and face him. Cameras and extended microphones included. They never even gave him his own microphone anymore.

“In my spare time, I work with a few charities and work on my Spanish. But what’s your real question?” Shane asked her, as she stood with her mouth wide open along with the rest of the room.

He thought the question would be a general question for everyone, so he slid the microphone back in front of Matt.

Again, she recovered and said, “Well, Mr. Sinclair, since you asked. I know you and Austin Daniels from the Falcons are good friends, but after that move you put on him.” She shook her head. “You peeped the blitz and ran right past him. You, Matt, saw the opening, passed the ball to Shane for a touchdown, then y’all had the nerve to go for the two-point play and Raymond gets the touchdown. How the hell do you remain friends? I wouldn’t be your friend anymore. Showing me up like that.”

The entire room erupted in laughter at what Shane thought was her cuteness, keen expertise of the game or just her wittiness. Shane even laughed and moved the microphone back in front of him and answered. “That’s funny. Well, to answer your question. Despite this being called a game of football, it’s still a business. And these,” he gestured to his other teammates, “are my business partners, so even though we may not always align, agree and have to run each other over, at the end of the day. We know it’s our job to do so. That’s why we push each other on a daily basis. Austin is a longtime friend and he understands the job very well. So, while it’s a game to you guys, this is our business.”

Diamond smiled at Shane, then nodded her head in approval, agreement or just acknowledgment. Shane couldn’t tell, but he nodded back. No sooner than his head came back up, the other reporters started to fire more questions at Shane. To address all of their questions, he moved the microphone back in front of Matt.

He was done.

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Goodreads Giveaway!

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Yours Truly by Tramaine Green

Yours Truly

by Tramaine Green

Giveaway ends April 16, 2016.

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Good afternoon everyone! Just wanted to inform you that I am giving away two paperback copies of Yours Truly on Goodreads. If you would like to enter the giveaway, just click on the link above. The giveaway begins on Friday, March 18, 2016. Good luck to you all!

Watch “Formation (Dirty)” on YouTube

Queen Bey slays honey! Of course, everyone has something to say about it. https://youtu.be/LrCHz1gwzTo

The Reunion: A Forbidden Fruit Story 2 (Finale)

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Happy Release day to Nika Michelle! The Forbidden Fruit saga is a great series and I am proud to have been apart of it from day one. Check out my review of Forbidden Fruit in my Recommended reads section and then head over to Amazon to 1-click! Please show your support!

The Reunion: A Forbidden Fruit Story 2
The Reunion: A Forbidden Fruit Story

A Season To Wed: Three Love Stories (A Year of Weddings novella)

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They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Hope Prentiss discovers after ten years that what she thought was her almost-wedding to John Burke indeed actually counted. As fate would have it, John has come back in town for good. After spending time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce…or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty–but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again…despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

My opinion of the book:

All three stories in A Season to Wed represented the willingness to forgive old mistakes and to open up your heart to the future and not to keep looking to the past. In Love at Mistletoe Inn, Hope’s deep rooted fear of not being financially stable (due to seeing her parent’s bicker over money) caused her to leave a man that truly loved her yet she could not see the error in her decision until John returned home. This story was very well written and touched on a very sensitive topic…money. I also loved how her aunt imparted her wisdom onto Hope and did a little matchmaking of her own.

In A Brush with Love, Ginger was use to making others look and feel beautiful, but never truly loved herself due to her scars from a fire she was in as a child. This story truly touched me because I could feel Ginger’s pain. She wanted love but felt that because she did not have the outside beauty that others had, she would never get what she wanted. I loved Tom’s persistence. He never gave up on Ginger and helped her to feel beautiful through God’s love. This story was a tear-jerker and I’m sure others can truly identify with not having self-love.

In Serving Up a Sweetheart, Meadow Larson has been scarred by her past in which her peers taunted her and pretended to be her friends only to back stab her. She has become bitter and Colin McGrath (the contractor that helps her repair her kitchen) was among the same peers that taunted her. When he comes back into her life just as crisis takes place with her kitchen, she is wary of him. She believes him to be the same person from her high school days. She soon learns that he is not the same person and has grown up. I really liked how her and Colin’s relationship developed into something more. Even though they had a few hurdles to get over, they both made the decision to forgive one another. I won’t give all the details but this one was a very good story as well and will have you sniffling just a little.

***I was provided a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review***

 

 

Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

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Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wilshire Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby…if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Counting on a Cowboy was a very heart warming, tender, and sweet novel about a woman has endured a very tragic loss in which she lost her fiance and unborn child in a car accident.

Intending to start anew, she makes an impromptu move to Wilshire Springs, Texas. She meets Bo Monahan when she almost runs into one of his cattle. This meeting changes things for her as she has an immediate attraction to him and he also to her. She has sworn off loving again and fights her attraction to him. Things become more complicated when Bo finds out he is a father and is left to take care of the baby thus asking for Abby’s help. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as subjects such as forgiveness and loss were repeatedly hit upon. I also loved how Bo and Abby built upon their friendship first before plunging into a relationship with one another. As always, the town of Wilshire Springs is enjoyable, heart-warming, and funny as all get out. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did.

**This book was sent to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review**

A Heart’s Danger By Colleen Coble

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Sarah Montgomery and Rand Campbell are two young people are still very much in love with another, but something or rather someone has caused a rift between them. In this intriguing, romantic tale, Rand is engaged to Jessica and Sarah is seeing Isaac. However, Jessica believes that Sarah is still a threat and comes up with a plan with Ben Croftner (a man whose lies have cost Sarah everything) to get rid of her.

This was my first read by Colleen Coble and I thought the story was very well told and I loved the historical background regarding the Sioux Indians. The setting is in the year of 1866. I thought the author did a good job with the historical  setting. I loved Sarah and Rand’s relationship. I found myself wondering on numerous occasions, “What happened between them?” I didn’t realize at the time that this book was actually part of a series, nevertheless, I was still able to follow the story. I loved Sarah’s gentle heart and love for the Indians. I also like Rand’s courage and willingness to eventually go after who he wanted. Sometimes it takes something to happen for us to truly see what truly lies within our heart.

***This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review.***

Still in Love: Episode 7

This series is one of the reasons I am in love with Delaney Diamond as an author! You have to catch up. It’s so good.